POSTED: November 30th 2010

IOC requests Hayatou evidence from BBC over ISL kickbacks claims

Issa Hayatou: in trouble with the Olympic movement / lake images
Issa Hayatou: in trouble with the Olympic movement / lake images

KEIR RADNEDGE / Sports Features Communications

LONDON/LAUSANNE, Nov 30: Issa Hayatou, the African sports leader alleged by the BBC to have received commercial kickbacks, is to be investigated by the International Olympic Committee. Hayatou is president of the African football confederation and a memebr of the Cameroon National Olympic Committee.

BBC Television's Panorama programme, broadcast on Monday night, claimed that Hayatou and fellow FIFA exco members Ricardo Teixeira and Nicolas Leoz has accepted money via secret Liechtenstein bank accounts from marketing partner ISL. The BBC based its claims on an ISL list which also noted payments to two further IOC members - Brazil's former FIFA president Joao Havelange and the IAAF president Lamine Diack.

The IOC has said that it will ask the BBC to pass on evidence from the programme alleging that Hayatou, a longstanding IOC member, received 100,000 French francs from ISL agency in 1995. A statement from the IOC added that it had zero tolerance for corruption and would refer the matter to its ethics commission.

Teixeira, Leoz and Hayatou are members of the FIFA executive committee members which vote on Thursday on host awards for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

Hayatou has since claimed that the money was used towards the CAF's 40th anniversary celebrations and was unconnected with the awarding of contracts for the sale of World Cup TV rights.

He said: "This money was not for me it was for the 40th anniversary of CAF. At that time ISL was the sponsor of CAF and it gave the money to CAF and not to me. The executive committee of CAF accepted it and approved it."

Hayatou added: "What Panorama also did is that they are saying I have been bribed now rather than something that happened 16 years ago. I have an appointment with my lawyers, I will talk to them and take it from there."

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